Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Consultant - Drug Epidemiologist
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 10 May 2022 - 24 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-180944-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the supervision of the Research and Trend Analysis Branch/Drugs Research Section (UNODC/RAB/DRS) with support from the UNODC-INEGI Center of Excellence and the Individual Contractor will closely work with the Survey Specialist to undertake the following activities:

• Compile and critically review good practices implemented globally to measure drug use through general population surveys at national level, especially in middle- and low-income countries, also in consultation with relevant organizations such as WHO, OAS, EMCDDA, CDC and others.
• Identify possible members of the Task Force that include experts on drug use, epidemiology and drug use surveys and that can contribute in the production of the Manual.
• Present the main findings of the critical review of good practices, including use of indirect methods, to measure extent of drug use through general population surveys. These should be presented in an ad hoc workshop organized by the Center of Excellence.
• Draft a Concept Note to guide the Task Force discussion in the workshop.
• Draft an annotated outline of the Manual.
• Compile all inputs generated by the Task Force and ensure these are reflected in the Manual.
• Draft a first version of the Manual according to the outline agreed within the task force, and UNODC/RAB/DRS, and UNODC/RAB/DDDS
• Circulate, request and integrate inputs of the Task Force members and of UNODC/RAB, draft the second and final version of the Manual.
• Participate in two (2) online meetings of the Task Force aimed at producing the Manual, produce the needed material and draft the reports of the meetings.

Work Location


Expected duration

June 2022-December 2022

50 working days

Duties and Responsibilities

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its goals affirm that «there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development». This draws together the strands of peace, rule of law, human rights, development and equality to form a comprehensive and forward-looking framework. Addressing the drug problems and the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals are thus complementary and mutually reinforcing.”

Population-based surveys have been one of the major tools to provide epidemiological information on the extent and patterns of use of a wide range of drugs for non-medical purposes. As stated by Member States (UNGASS 2016), targeted interventions that are based on the collection and analysis of data, including age- and gender-related data, can be particularly effective in meeting the specific needs of drug-affected populations and communities.

The Research Consultant - Drug Epidemiologist will support the UNODC Research Branch in the development of a Manual on Drug Use Surveys among the general population to be a methodological guide for member states, especially in low resourced settings, planning and conducting a survey on drug use among the general population.

To do so, the consultant will conduct a critical review of existing theoretical and conceptual aspects to measure extent of drug use through population-based surveys; will support the discussions of a Task Force on standards, methodological issues and good practices, and will consolidate inputs and lessons learned to draft specific sections of the Manual on Drug Use Surveys.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in epidemiology, applied social sciences or related fields is required. A first level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of five years of experience with drug use epidemiology and surveys at the national and international level is required. Experience in research methods in social science is desirable. Experience in the field of population surveys is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English, with excellent drafting and communication skills, is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

No Fee


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